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onomasiology

Syllabification: on·o·ma·si·ol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌänəˌmāsēˈäləjē, -ˌmāzē-
 
/

Definition of onomasiology in English:

noun

The branch of linguistics that deals with concepts and the terms that represent them, in particular contrasting terms for similar concepts, as in a thesaurus. Compare with semasiology.

Origin

early 20th century: from Greek onomasia 'term' + -logy.

Derivatives

onomasiological

1
Pronunciation: /-əˈläjikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In spite of the above critical remarks, I do not wish to deny the value of both the onomasiological and the semasiological approaches in semantic studies.

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